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I have small white bumps under the skin lining my upper lip.

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I have small white bumps under the skin lining my upper lip. What might this be and can I get rid of them.


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These are almost certainly Fordyce's granules.

Fordyce's granules are small clumps of sebaceous glands that are located on the border of the lips or inside the mouth, and on the penis or labia. They are clusters of sebaceous glands which can be present in these areas. Some amount of Fordyce's glands, more or less, are found on upto 8/10 people.

They are no cause of worry at all, they are perfectly normal glands, only their location makes them visible. You should not worry about them.



If they are worrying you, you can go for laser vapourisation, for this you will have to approach a dermatologist who can do this. This is also necessary for a diagnosis.



You can look up here:

http://dermnetnz.org/acne/fordyce.html

http://www.answers.com/topic/fordyce-s-spots



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Customer: replied 7 years ago.

Thank you. Does the fact they have only appeared in the last 15 months still seem relevant. I have just looked at one of the links you gave and it suggests that these are there from birth but become more prevalent through puberty, however I am 34 years of age.

 

 

Yes, they are present potentially at birth, but only potentially. They may become more prominent at any age later. It is also possible that they had been there for some years but you only noticed them now. Both options are possible.



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Customer: replied 7 years ago.

Brilliant, thank you, XXXXX XXXXX put my mind at rest

 

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Dylan